Okay, done-ish. Mostly done! Approaching done parameters. As you can see, I’m currently working on covers, because they didn’t like the stark white one with “No image available” on it as a post-modern exploration of ‘coverness’ over at Pantheon. Philistines!



Dang that’s freaky.

Within the yet-to-be-determined covers you will find… COMICS!

The long-absent and much-missed User Experience!

Millions of footnotes! Too many footnotes for Our Own Dear Queen!



Also, something I spent a really ridiculous amount of time on..








If I do say so myself the most complete diagrams of the Analytical Engine ever published, possibly, at least in a graphic novel? With cats in? WITH!!! as far as anyone I could badger inquire of knows, the first drawing of the whole thing as it might have looked, had it ever been built. And you people better read it because it took me bloody AGES and there WILL be a quiz.

Now, as for the bad news.. this is kind of agonising:

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Soooo.. remember when I said it was over 400 pages? The bad news is that.. we lost The Organist. I know!  I burst into tears too!! The thing was it was getting to 145 pages with the endnotes and making a very awkward structure in the book, and promising never to be finished, at least not to my satisfaction and in time for my editors very, very extreme and bottomless patience to run out. I mean you can still read Organist right here on the website! Any time you like! For free! With simultaneous youtube concertina accompaniment! Please don’t rouse an angry mob! We have hopes of putting out Organist with another long-form Lovelace and Babbage story as its own thing, assuming anyone reads the first book.

Well, that’s the bad news. The good news is a bunch of new stuff, such as..

Attack of the Luddites!


Special Guest Star George Boole!


(just a little highly sophisticated Boole comedy for you there)

Also I did a whole Alice in Wonderland story just for YOU–


(okay just for ME, because I love dream sequences).

You can preorder from the mighty Amazon US, or UK; or hunt it down at your fine local purveyor of papery things.


*dusts hands*

I’ll be back here on the blog again, now that I’ve fought my way out of the Abominable Quagmire Of Graphic Novels, from which few have ever returned! With tales of terror! and more primary documents that didn’t make it into the book because they didn’t want 600 pages of primary documents for some reason! and most of all comics!!!!


  1. thaos on December 11, 2014 at 12:34 am

    So as a conclusion what is the content of the book? Is it a collection of the stories published here, dows it include new stories? How many pages of comics are included and how many pages of text?

  2. nexxo on November 25, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Most exciting. I will most certainly endeavour to procure this fine work for my library!

  3. Susanna on October 5, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Yay! Shall order asap from my purveyor of printed goods.
    When can we expect volume II ? ;)

  4. EllieW on October 1, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Fantastic news! Congratulations on all the hard work paying off. Footnotes and Diagrams and Comics! Oh My!

  5. Hoodiecrow on September 28, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I pre-ordered, of course. Two copies, for starters.

  6. magista on September 26, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Yay! Added to wishlist. Birthday (and Christmas) are coming, and himself always wants ideas. Squee!

  7. Ken on September 18, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Wonderful news! Perish forbid I ever tell one to shut up, but certainly TAKE MY MONEY!!!!

  8. JamesPadraicR on September 18, 2014 at 3:44 am

    But what’s that you say?
    Footnotes. And Diagrams? YES!
    And of course the fun, fantastic stories. Very much looking forward to it.

  9. ajay on September 17, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Ordering it now. And agreed, the publisher may not understand the target audience here. We are all about the primary sources, footnotes etc – I suppose there may be a physical limit to how big you can make the book though. Still, that’s what Volume 2 is for. And definitely looking forward to Boole and the Luddites!

  10. iBosNZ on September 16, 2014 at 9:36 am

    “The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage Hardcover – 21 Apr 2015
    by Sydney Padua (Author)”

    From now on, you should always give your name like that,

    “Hello? Yes, I like to order some takeaway. What name? Sydney Padua, Author. Yes, I know, I get that all the time, ahaha”

  11. kitteh on September 15, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    omg omg YAY omg omg YAY

    (trots off briskly waving credit card in the air)

  12. djthomp on September 15, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Instant preorder.

  13. Wonx on September 15, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Once I’d loosened my stays to avoid swooning, there was much electro-purchasing and much setting of calendar reminders for the Great Day of Arrival!

  14. EJFH on September 14, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Pre-ordered — although somehow I’m afeared I’ll miss out on a signed copy offer this way…

  15. Sean K. on September 13, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Excellent news, and it comes at an interesting time for me. I’m at the end of a week-long trip to England (I’m currently awaiting my flight home in Heathrow), and not 3 days ago I was at the Science Museum, seeing the different Difference and Analytic Engine models in person! Also the majority of Babbage’s Brain…

    • John Dallman on September 15, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Funny you should mention Babbage’s brain. The rest of it is in the Hunterian Museum (http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian), a few miles away. It’s funny how many people realise immediately they should never be reunited; the mid-point between them is in a hotel in Mayfair.

      • Yllaria on September 18, 2014 at 5:28 am

        Hah! Would staying at that hotel be part of the ultimate geek vacation?

  16. switchnode on September 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Thrilled, thrilled beyond words. (Except these words. But I did a little dance too.) And that George Boole panel is just the icing on the comical computing chronicle cake.

  17. Kai on September 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Pre-ordered the hard copy. Makes it easier to pass down to future generations than an ebook. Paid for express shipping because 7 months and 7 days is way better than 7 months and 10 days!

  18. Brian on September 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Awesome news. Congratulations on impending completion of book! Preorder button pushed. Massively looking forward to this. Diagrams! Cats! Footnotes! How could one not be excited?

  19. Zoe Anderson on September 13, 2014 at 9:56 am

    *dances for joy* *goes back to read The Organist online, because I can*

    Most importantly, congratulations on getting through the dark seas of book-writing. So looking forward to the book, the diagrams, the precious noteses, the COMICS. And though I will absolutely buy The Organist as a separate volume, it sounds like a good call since it’s still available here. I missed the online User Experience, so I’d be heartbroken if that had gone!

    Does the book have an ISBN yet? I want to put my order in as soon as possible, but I’d prefer to buy from my nice local bookshop.

    • Keith Woeltje on September 13, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      According to the Amazon page:
      ISBN-10: 0307908275
      ISBN-13: 978-0307908278

      • Zoe Anderson on September 19, 2014 at 9:19 pm

        Thank you so much!

  20. Sara on September 13, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Well. This just makes the whole week worthwhile. I love having good things to look forward to!

  21. Roberto Keller on September 12, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Cool!! Can’t wait for my hardcopy!

  22. phillippa on September 12, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    so happy – and a little proud. :D

  23. Subbak on September 12, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    And how are we supposed to wait until April 2015 for this?

    Also, I have one question: will the book be available in the same shop as the T-shirts/mug/stickers, so I can make one order and save a bit on international shipping?

    • sydney on September 13, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Sadly no– the book is the domain of my publisher so it’s all a separate thing, sorry!

  24. Matthew Morse on September 12, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I want 600 pages of primary documents. It is possible that the publisher does not understand its target audience.

  25. Paul Morriss on September 12, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Wow. Added to wishlist. April is such a long way away.

  26. R. Brite on September 12, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Pre-ordered it on Amazon France for delivery … 7 months from now!? Well, if it comes available in the UK before that, I’ll probably get it there, but just in case…

  27. John on September 12, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Well, The Organist just goes in Book Two, you see.

    …why are you and your husband looking at me like that? How do you even know where I am!? Oh, c’mon…

    Also, “Button!” might now be my favorite sound effect.

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  30. Kat on September 12, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    It is Friday AND we get this Wonderful News?!! [sigh of contentment]

  31. Dan on September 12, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Huzzah! HUZZAH! HUZAAAH! (’nuff said) Well done – hope you get a long, well deserved rest after your mighty labours.

  32. Martin on September 12, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Congrats Sydney! Will be buying funds willing!

  33. Dan on September 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Glad you see that you survived your adventures. Book is pre-ordered – can’t wait to see the cover, and what lies there-in.

  34. Erynn on September 12, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    I’m thrilled to see this coming out in print, though am tragically disappointed at the loss of The Organist. I can only hope that a subsequent volume shall appear in due course and that I might purchase it, as well. I have been making grabbyhands for this project for years. *swoons with delight*